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This review is from: Deathstalker Legacy (Mass Market Paperback)
I recently completed this book and have to say that it was very interesting. It takes the story of the Deathstalker Clan two hundred years into the future, and a Golden Age.
The Golden Age is how it starts and I seriously doubt that any reader of Simon R. Green would expect it to remain such. That is good because it does not.
At its core, Deathstalker Legacy is an intricate retailing of Arthurian legends, with a few twists. There is Douglas Campbell, the new King, his queen-to-be Jessamine Flowers and his best friend Lewis Deathstalker. From there you may surmise the unfolding events.
There are a number of other elements involved in this tapestry; friendship, honor, morality, politics, and revenge. Mr. Green admirably weaves these elements together to form a story so compelling that I found it difficult to put down.
The characters begin to develop as they meet adversity, and all characters develop. There are surprising twists and a considerable amount of backstabbing. Things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, even the reader is caused to reconsider to a different point of view. Behind all of this is the dark humor, sarcasm, and wit one would expect from Simon Green.
I would recommend this work to almost anyone. It is not so much Sci-Fi as Science Fiction. It seems to be an excellent space opera, which is unusual to run across in todays libraries.
One other thing. There is no requirement to have read the original Deathstalker series (Deathstalker, Deathstalker Rebellion, Deathstalker War, Deathstalker Honor, and Deathstalker Destiny). However, it may cause you to want to read them. You will, though, want to read them before you continue with Deathstalker Return.